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Tuesday, April 28, 2009


NESCAC Co-Outstanding Performer of the Year Logan Crane

MEDFORD -- Junior Logan Crane (Portland, ME/Freeport) of the Tufts University women's track & field team, who repeated as the conference champion in the 100-meter dash and in the long jump this year, earned a share of the Sebasteanski Award as the New England Small College Athletic Conference's (NESCAC) Most Outstanding Performer for 2009.

In addition to winning the 100 with a time of 12.67 seconds, and the long jump with 18'6" (5.64m) distance, Crane was second with the Jumbo 4x100-meter relay (49.35 seconds) and placed fourth in the 200 meters (26.20) at the meet. An All-NESCAC recipient for three straight years in a total of 10 events, Crane was joined as M.O.P. by Williams College junior Elise Johnson.

Tufts had 10 athletes overall earn All-NESCAC honors, given to the top three finishers in each event. Crane and sophomore Stephanie McNamara (North Attleborough, MA/North Attleborough), who won both the 1,500-meter run (4:31.28) and the 5,000-meter run (17:37.84), earned the honor in more than one event.

Junior Andrea Ferri (Dracut, MA/Dracut) earned conference honors for the third straight year as part of the 4x100 relay. She's been all-conference in four events for her career. After a two-year hiatus from the All-NESCAC team, Halsey Stebbins (Chicago, IL) continued a stellar senior season with an All-Conference honor in the 4x1. First-year Nakeisha Jones (Boston, MA/O'Bryant) was the fourth member of the runner-up 4x1 to gain an All-Conference nod. Senior tri-captain Paula Dormon (Brockton, MA/Tabor Academy) had her second All-NESCAC performance in the shot put.

Four Jumbos were first-time honorees. First-year Heather Theiss (North Woodmere, NY/Hewlett) won the pole vault title with 10'8 3/4" (3.27m) success. Sophomore Julia Feltus (Reading, MA/Reading), who broke the school record in the hammer throw with her 147'10" (45.06m) heave, took second place. Sophomore Amy Wilfert (Westborough, MA/Westborough) was also a runner-up, finishing behind McNamara in the 1,500 (4:34.20). Sophomore Sarah Nolet (Los Altos, CA/Los Altos) was third in the high jump with a 5'1" (1.55m) loft.

The Jumbos placed third at the conference championship meet hosted by Connecticut College.

2009 NESCAC Track & Field All-Conference Team